2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Starting Price: $37,830 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliability, towing and payload capacity, infotainment

Below Average: Conservative styling and technology

Consensus: Great capability and value in a reliable package

 

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax

Starting Price: $36,545 | Price yours

Above Average: Ride comfort, reliability

Below Average: Infotainment, fuel economy, not best-in-class capability

Consensus: A proven track record helps make it a resale value champ

 

Chevrolet’s full-size pickup is the second-best-selling vehicle in America, and Chevy trucks have been a part of the American landscape for a century. The current generation of the Silverado 1500 offers three compelling engine choices, excellent towing capacity, and a pleasantly quiet interior. Trim levels range from basic work truck to rugged luxury in the High Country model, as well as several cool special editions. Even with 35 years on the market, Toyota’s full-size truck is newer to the market than the Silverado and its predecessors, but the Tundra is backed by more than 50 years of tough trucks and SUVs being sold and relied upon in America. The Tundra has established itself as an all-around comfortable, roomy, capable quality truck, and has a solid reputation for high resale value and reliability.

Chevrolet Silverado Advantages

The Silverado boasts one of the quietest truck cabins available today. In addition, you can tow 12,500 pounds (even with the Crew Cab). The Silverado offers a very good infotainment system, and plenty of USB ports that make it easy to stay charged and connected. The Silverado also has classic good looks with cues that pay homage to the truck’s legacy.

Toyota Tundra Advantages

The Toyota Tundra is a comfortable, high-quality all-around hard-working truck. It isn’t flashy; the Tundra excels at doing a fine job at everything. It can tow more than 10,000 pounds. It can comfortably seat six, whether you pick the Double Cab or roomier CrewMax configuration. Toyota’s full-size truck has multiple high-lux trim levels. The Tundra comes standard with V8 power. It offers an off-road package for exploring dirt trails or navigating poorly maintained fire roads. The Tundra is well-built, reliable, and offers excellent resale value, a combination that appeals to a large percentage of full-size truck buyers.

Similarities

Both have loyal followings, as many Silverado and Tundra buyers keep coming back to the brand they love. Both are built for hard work, yet offer high-lux options and models for even the most genteel rancher. Multiple cab configurations, bed sizes and engine choices also give buyers plenty of options.  

Final Recommendation

The Silverado is more capable and has a quiet, more modern interior. It offers a base V6 engine, which appeals to those who are looking for a work truck, and a regular cab is available. The Tundra comes standard with V8 power. This truck is reliable, comfortable and capable, with an outstanding reputation for reliability, but it is getting long in the tooth. Both are worth considering.

  2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 5.3-liter V8 4.6-liter V8
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm 310 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm 327 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 19 mpg (16 city/23 hwy) 16 mpg (15 city/19 hwy)
Also Available 4.3-liter V6, 6.2-liter V8, 8-Speed Automatic 5.7L V8
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 6 6
Wheelbase 143.5 inches 145.7 inches
Overall Length 230.0 inches 228.9 inches
Width 80.0 inches 79.9 inches
Height 73.9-74.1 inches 75.8-76.2 inches
Turning Diameter 47.2 feet N/A
Headroom, Front 42.8 inches 39.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.5 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom, Front 45.3 inches 42.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.9 inches 42.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.0 inches 65.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.7 inches 65.5 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,250 pounds 1,660 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 12,500 pounds 10,100 pounds
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